by Mark Lewis Taylor
The new film “Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary” has just completed a successful run in major-city theaters and will be released as a DVD/home video June 11. The film treats the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal, to some a “cop-killer,” but he has maintained his innocence for nearly 30 years on death row and has national and world support for a new trial and his freedom.
Amnesty International’s 2000 study of his case concluded that Abu-Jamal’s trial for the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner “failed to meet minimum international standards of fairness.” Amnesty called for a new trial. Bishop Desmond Tutu, human rights advocate from South Africa, advocates Abu-Jamal’s “immediate release.” Read in full . . .